Do you operate on a Mac? Do you follow Apple’s regular updates?

If so, you’ve updated your operating system to OS X Mavericks.

For better or worse, Apple is constantly updating software and hardware and it can be confusing to keep up with compatibility if you’re not constantly buying Apple’s newest products.

With Apple’s latest OS X Mavericks comes Quicktime 10.3 (an automatic update). Unfortunately, Quicktime 10.3 has several downsides for the DIY video folks. One thing to note specifically is that you cannot open and play some .mov files without Quicktime “converting” the file – DO NOT CONVERT YOUR VIDEO FILES WITH Quicktime 10.3!


Instead, please download free video play software called VLC. Use this as the default for playing/viewing video files.

Making VLC Your Default Player:

1. Select a video in Finder
2. Choose Get Info from the File menu (or control/right click)

 3. Select VLC under “Open With”
4. Click on “Change All” and confirm this action


Loren Robertson video

Video Tips by Loren is a new series on our blog featuring technical and creative advice about dance film by our West Coast collaborator, videographer Loren Robertson. I met Loren years ago, because she is my sister’s best friend. In 2004, Loren interned for me in video at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and we instantly clicked. Loren has been part of my video team at Vail International Dance Festival and is a brilliant editor. We have a lot of fun working together, and I know I can trust her dance videography, because she has the same values behind the camera and in the editing room as the rest of my team. This is our first in a series of video tips by generously shared by Loren.